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Kashmiri Playwrights

Kashmir had a rich tradition of writing plays and performing them in Sanskrit from 2nd Century A.D. to 12th Century A.D., side by side there were numerous Natya-Charyas professing in Natya and galaxy of scholars writing commentories on Bharata's Natya Shastra, most authentic being 'Abhinav Bharati' by Abhinava Gupta Acharya (10th Century A.D.), Vide Sholok No: 16 of second Tarang of Rajtarangini, Kalhan informs us that there lived Chandrak Kavi during 2nd Century A.D. who wrote plays of sorts for people of all castes and creeds. Kalhan considers him incarnation of Vyas Muni, writer of Mahabharata.. to 12th Century A.D., side by side there were numerous Natya-Charyas professing in Natya and galaxy of scholars writing commentories on Bharata's Natya Shastra, most authentic being 'Abhinav Bharati' by Abhinava Gupta Acharya (10th Century A.D.), Vide Sholok No: 16 of second Tarang of Rajtarangini, Kalhan informs us that there lived Chandrak Kavi during 2nd Century A.D. who wrote plays of sorts for people of all castes and creeds. Kalhan considers him incarnation of Vyas Muni, writer of Mahabharata. ...More ...

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Moti Lal Kemmu 
Moti Lal Kemmu, noted playwright is a master of his craft. He has done renaissance work in the restoration of Kashmir’s vanishing folk theatre form, Bhand Paather. For nearly three decades he made strong efforts to give it a distinct identity, acceptability and respectability.
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Dr. Harikrishna Kaul
Harikrishna Kaul is one of the major Kashmiri playwrights of the modern era. He started his literary career during his college days in early fifties, writing short stories in Hindi. He continued writing in Hindi till mid-sixties when he switched to writing in Kashmiri and immediately established himself as a major Kashmiri playwright and short story writer. 
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M. K. Raina
M. K. Raina graduated from National School of Drama in 1970 with Best actor award. Since 1972 he has been freelance theatre worker and film person, working all over India in many languages and with many traditional forms.
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Pushkar Bhan
It would be hard to find a person of Kashmiri origin who is not familiar with the name of Pushkar Bhan. For Kashmiris in Kashmir, and all around the world, the genres of Humor-Laughter-Entertainment and Pushkar Bhan's name have become synonymous.
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Moti Lal Saqi
Poet, writer, dramatist, scholar, researcher, encyclopaedist, specialist in Kashmir's cultural and literary heritage, authority on the Valley's Rishi tradition - all rolled into one.
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Ashok Pandit
Ashok Pandit shot into prominence with Filmi Chakkar - one of the more successful comedies on satellite TV. Soon after he made Tere Mere Sapne, a serial that depicted the story of a joint family set in today's milieu. 
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Jyoti Sarup
Jyoti is a Director of TV serials and Feature Films for 11 years and was Vice President, at SONY Entertainment Television. He has recently got the "National Award" for his Feature Film BUB (Kashmiri).
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Som Nath Sadhu
A tribute by Moti Lal Saqi 
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Bansi Lal Nirdosh
A tribute
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Avtar K. Kaul
Born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1947. Educated at CMS School and SP College Srinagar, Panjab University Chandigarh and FTII Pune. Was in ISRO 1974-94. In Zee Telefilms 94-96... 
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Arun Kaul
 

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